December 21, 2013

Solstice Superfood Truffles


Treats that are good for you? In this festive season where sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolates are a galore, it is nice to know that you can make treats and eat them without feeling guilty about it. Yes, really. The two main ingredients of these babies are no other than dates and tahini. To be fair, they are probably closer to fudge (both in taste and texture) than truffles, but because it’s Christmas, I wanted them to feel festive. The added bonus is the superfoods that perfectly blend in the recipe.

If you’ve never heard of superfoods (although not a scientific term as such), these are foods found in nature which are highly nutrient dense and come with a plenty of health benefits. Various types of superfoods include green superfoods, fruit and nuts superfoods, bee superfoods, seaweed superfoods and herb superfoods. Let me introduce you to three of them today:


• Hemp seeds: the hemp seed is a high protein seed containing all the essential amino acids that the body cannot produce. It is very rich in essential fatty acids, including Omega 3 and Omega 6, as well as iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. It is also considered as a vegetarian protein that is easily digestible. You could use the seeds to top up your breakfast, in a smoothie, in pesto, in salads, etc.

• Maca powder: maca is a root, grown in the mountains of Peru. Maca’s benefits have long been valued. It is rich in vitamins B, C and E and a great source of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and amino acids. It is often known as an aphrodisiac as it promotes sexual functions for both men and women, as well as balancing hormones and increasing fertility. Last but not least, when consumed on a regular basis, maca can increase energy levels and stamina, making it a favourite of athletes.

• Raw cacao powder: raw cacao is filled with iron, dietary fibres, calcium, zinc, potassium and antioxidants. It helps releasing neurotransmitters that release feel-good hormones and stimulates the secretion of endorphins for a mild mood boost.

Today is the winter solstice, and at this time of year filled with magical energies, what is better than sharing the gift of food with loved ones, such as these energy balls, filled with superfoods to make you feel and look good?

Wishing you a happy solstice and a very happy Christmas xx


Solstice Superfood Truffles – makes 18 to 20 truffles
• 20 medjool dates, pitted
• 2tbsp tahini
• 2tsp raw cacao powder
• 2tsp maca powder
• Hemp seeds

1. Place the dates, tahini, cacao powder and maca powder in the bowl of a food processor. Turn on and process until the mixture comes together into a ball.
2. Scatter hemp seeds onto a plate. Take 1tsp of the date mixture and roll it in your hands to shape a truffle. Roll it into the hemp seeds until it is covered in seeds. Set aside and repeat until all of the date mixture has been used.
3. Place in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up and enjoy. Can keep in the fridge (if they last that long) for a few days.

Truffes aux Superaliments – pour 18 à 20 truffes
• 20g de dattes medjool, dénoyautées
• 2cs de tahini
• 2cc de poudre de cacao cru
• 2cc de poudre de maca
• Graines de chanvre

1. Mettre les dattes dans le bol d’un robot avec le tahini, la poudre de cacao et la poudre de maca et mettre en route jusqu’à ce que le mélange forme une boule.
2. Répartir les graines de chanvre sur une assiette. Prendre 1cc du mélange et le rouler entre les mains pour former une petite boule. La rouler dans les graines de chanvre jusqu’à ce qu’elle en soit couverte. Mettre de côté et répéter jusqu’à épuisement.
3. Mettre au réfrigérateur pendant 2h, puis déguster. Se garde au frais pendant quelques jours.


Bibliography:
http://foodmatters.tv/superfoods
http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2009/03/hemp-seed-nutritional-value-and-thoughts.html
http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/7-top-health-benefits-of-maca/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/522112-health-benefits-of-raw-cacao-nibs/
http://www.sol-semilla.fr/55--superaliments

1 comment:

Maca Powder said...

I didn’t realize Maca powder had all these great benefits. Thanks for sharing this information!

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